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Here’s The Scoop … LBTS Halloween 2009 ….Became A Political Football …

REMEMBER IT’S NOT POLITICAL … Hmmmm…

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Dear Readers …I had intended to do as I did last year and write what a great amount effort went into the 2009 LBTS Halloween Event at the direction of the Furths … I had intended to do as I did last year and speak of the hours spent on this production and the incredible man hours put in once again by that small knit CIC group that are very generous with their time each year in accommodating the Furth’s perfectionism and their countless artistic changes during the annual 3 week process in getting the many props just so … I was going to write of the service this town does for all the neighboring communities who come in droves to partake of Lauderdale By Sea’s generosity in time and talent along with taxpayer funds… And while that is all true  this year as well as all the last such Halloween extravaganzas …This time it was marred by politics…Blatant…biased politics and an in your face encounter with one half of the event coordinators…Marc Furth…

Before the event began this writer was contacted by those who happened by the park, only to observe banners being used for Commissioner Silverstone, the CIC (a political action committee) and the By The Sea Times… What gives these resident asked?…We were told by Commissioner Silverstone and Vice Mayor McIntee that this was not a political event…Well obviously Comm. Silverstone, Vice Mayor McIntee, the CIC and the By The Sea Times decided to not abide by their own rules…

I had thought of wearing an old CIC t-shirt as my costume…along the lines of the latest editions of the BTSTimes…and all their “FLASHBACKS”…But I was having 2nd thoughts…That is until I got the tips that something rotten was brewing this Halloween in LBTS… So I went with the T-shirt and added on the back a a combo of the “WHO DO YOU TRUST” photo-shopped blimp on the last cover of the BTSTimes (prev. post)…their last edition with the old Villas By The Sea on the cover below the blimp and  I put it on top of the last cover of the BTSFutures with the 4 new commission candidates ready to run against the incumbents…McIntee and Silverstone… A point made by wearing a “costume” of the CIC’s past and the Town’s Future…sans the CIC…

As we approached the event near Publix a loud booming voice came throughout the town, it was Vice Mayor McIntee …saying how long until the event and that he was going sound the VFD siren…( to be used for emergencies only…such as disaster)…People came out of their homes…it was quite a site…most were disturbed and were anything but pleased… We arrived at the park to hear the siren go off..and go off …and go off…as people looked around in disbelief…It continued on throughout the event…this unnecessary disturbance of the noise level wafting way beyond the boundaries of the event itself in the tiny town park…….It was such a display of overbearing self- aggrandizing that even the VFD “rank and file” were looking at the Vice Mayor’s actions and shaking their heads….as he kept saying “This is Vice Mayor McIntee”……over and over again…

As we made the rounds through the maze in the park…We looked at the 3 banners and thought, it was not a smart move …It was very unfair …It was just not right and totally inappropriate..but then desperation does make for inappropriate actions … and from what we have seen around town going door to door… the Mc-Furths have much to be desperate about…

As I stood by the BTSFuture table, the paper with no banner, though they have one…. (they play fair)…BTSTimes Editor, Town Photographer, VFD Photographer, Event Coordinator, blue Easter egg dye suspect,Marc Furth came by and said hello, ( because my husband was standing next to me)…I did not answer…He said you’re not going to say hello? I answered why? …I have no reason to speak to Marc Furth…But he would not accept that and move on… Instead he chose to get in my face and try to say he has never done anything to me..(yeah, right)….I told him this was not the time or the place…He continued and said he was once my friend and never done anything to me…(yeah, right)…I am sorry to say I answered, I couldn’t help it …I said, “come on!” (as give me a break!)…He went on to say the only reason I was mad at him is because he is friends with Jerry…(yeah, right!)… I just looked at him like he was nuts..(and he is!)….He kept pushing, and I finally said he was being disingenuous and untruthful…and again said this wasn’t the time or the place…Then he said “You write all lies”…and I responded “See! Now why should I say hello?”….He walked off…but then  he then kept trying to take my picture … Later as I was with my husband he again got in my face and took the photo, I told him he did not have my permission to put my picture in his paper, he told me to sue him. He said he could sue me for the lies I write, I told go ahead…as there is nothing I have written that I cannot back up…and much more I have kept quiet….(He knows it)… So if he goes forth and puts my picture in his paper…so be it…It will fit right in…It will just be another BTSTimes ” flashback” to the 2 years my life that I spent wearing a CIC shirt, drinking the CIC kool-aid and thinking he was a good guy…who wanted the right things for this town…just like his pal Jerry and his pal Jimmy…

The Furth’s BTSTimes said…”WHO DO YOU TRUST?”….The same guys who said this Halloween event would not be political?…….Nahhh……

Time to open your eyes voters …and think twice who you say “hello” to….

more to come….

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